Can you countenance continence? — UPDATED

For those who are curious about this topic — and any married deacon should be — check out this article on the subject by canon lawyer Edward Peters. The issue in question is here: 1983 CIC 277. § 1. Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of [Read More...]

Here they are — UPDATED

The three men (still in dalmatics) who today became the first in the world ordained under the new Anglican ordinariate. You can read more details here. And Rocco adds this nugget: A daughter of the freshly-named ordinary proclaimed one of the readings at the Mass, and in the rite’s emotional high-point, the new priests’ vestments [Read More...]

Coming May 1: Blessed John Paul

You can read the decree announcing it at Vatican Radio.  It says, in part: John Paul II’s pontificate was an eloquent and clear sign, not only for Catholics, but also for world public opinion, for people of all colour and creed. The world’s reaction to his lifestyle, to the development of his apostolic mission, to [Read More...]

"The conversion of the world begins with me…"

This Monday morning, this quote below is my lectio: “We live in times in which human life is seriously threatened by huge numbers of abortion, by violence, unjust war, and euthanasia. We may, as individuals feel powerless to stop it. But, truth be told, the conversion of this world has to start with us. We [Read More...]

Muslims act as human shields for Christians

As Copts mark their Christmas, under threats of attack and fear of further bloodshed, The Anchoress points to this great story of solidarity in Egypt: Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had a been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed [Read More...]

Haiti, one year on

Incredibly, it’s been a year since the earthquake that devastated Haiti. If you are wondering what you can do, Patheos has an answer, and Elizabeth Scalia has the details: The Book Club islooking at and discussing Kent Annan’s After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken. Jamie Arpin-Ricci writes: Kent Annan, co-director of Haiti [Read More...]

The homeless man with the golden voice

This story speaks for itself — literally.  Just watch. You can read more about him at this link. UPDATE:  Turns out there’s a nice epilogue to the story! [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“I do not want you stage folk to develop the idea that the Catholic Church now formally approves of things on the stage.” – New York Cardinal John M. Farley, in creating the Catholic Actors Guild in 1914. Read all about it here. Fascinating stuff! [Read more...]

A permanent deacon in 1852?

Well, almost. Following up on the news last weekend that three Anglican bishops had crossed the Tiber, Patrick McNamara has an intriguing look back at the first Protestant bishop to do that since the Reformation.  He was Bishop Levi Silliman Ives, from North Carolina.  He joined the Catholic Church, along with his wife, in 1852.  [Read More...]

"Make your mouth into a landing pad…"

That’s just one of the tips Taylor Marshall is offering for receiving communion on the tongue — a practice that is hardly taught anymore, but that the pope seems to favor. On any given Sunday, when I’m distributing the Body of Christ, I will give communion to about 50 or 60 people at each mass. [Read More...]


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